With Christmas only a month away, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for everyone on your list! The Playhouse has you covered with holiday gift ideas for every taste. Plus, new this year, you can purchase two drink vouchers from the box office for $15! Give your loved ones the total package by treating them to drinks from our bar in addition to tickets or a gift certificate. Read on for our top gift suggestions!
For the dance lover:
Le Patin Libre (February 12) – Le Patin Libre is a Montreal-based company that describes its performances as “contemporary dance on ice.” This special performance takes place at Willie O’Ree Place, and brings urban street dance and high-level artistic expression onto the ice, with a mix of movement, wit, speed and grace.
Ballet BC (February 24) – Internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Ballet BC makes its triumphant return to the Playhouse with three pieces from three celebrated choreographers. This performance promises to be powerful, thought-provoking and transformative.
Carmen (June 1) – Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada collaborates with Symphony New Brunswick to bring this ballet about passion, seduction and revenge to the stage, featuring the iconic score by Bizet and Shchedrin.
Welcome to the Orchestra (March 19) – Presented by the Fredericton Symphony Orchestra, this fun performance is the perfect way to introduce children to the orchestra. Every section of the orchestra will have the chance to shine during the show, to the delight of audience members of all ages.
Guy Davis (April 9) – Known as an “ambassador of the blues,” Guy Davis is an accomplished artist who has performed around the globe. Children and their families will gain a deeper appreciation for the blues thanks to Guy’s immense knowledge and impressive musicianship.
For the comedy fan:
Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (April 4) – Newfoundland’s longest touring entertainers plunge into some new and classic material in this show. From sketch comedy to poignant ballads, their ranting and raving has something for everyone.
This is That LIVE (April 26) – Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring offer an intimate look behind the scenes of CBC’s award-winning satirical show This is That in this live stage performance. Featuring a mix of character interviews and mockumentary stories, this send up of public radio doesn’t just talk about issues, it fabricates them.
For the music buff:
The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (March 17) – Forty-five years after its original release, the Who’s classic rock opera Tommy has been reimagined as a full-length bluegrass tribute. This opry brings a new perspective to Tommy, while also paying respect to the original, featuring the virtuoso musicianship and rockstar vocals of the HillBenders.
Stephen Fearing (April 8) – One of Canada’s foremost singer-songwriters, Juno-winning folk musician Stephen Fearing is known for mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements and brilliant guitar playing. Audiences will be captivated by his arresting voice, accomplished musicianship and his ability to turn a phrase with ease.
Swingin’ with Oscar (May 13) – Born in Montreal in 1925, Oscar Peterson became one of the most important pianists in the history of jazz. The Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to Peterson in this special performance. Bolduc is one of Canada’s greatest jazz saxophonists, and along with his band, he displays dazzling virtuosity and stunning maturity.
For the theatre lover:
Roller Derby Saved My Soul (April 21) – Roller derby and superheroes collide in this delightful comedy, described by critics as “perfect escapism and purely satisfying entertainment.” Written by and starring New Brunswick’s own Nancy Kenny, this one-woman show is fun, uplifting and original.
BOOM (May 12) – From Dora and Gemini-winning performer Rick Miller, BOOM is an explosive new solo performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation. This performance is a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.
For the fan of spectacle:
Machine de Cirque (February 9) – Machine de Cirque is a young, contemporary circus company whose show is both poetic and humorous. Armed with a talent for acrobatics and ingenuity, these five performers masterfully manipulate props, including a teeterboard, juggling clubs, a drum kit and even a bath towel!
Immortal Chi (April 6) – Immortal Chi is a spectacular fusion of Chinese martial arts and jaw-dropping acrobatics, accompanied by an all-female percussion ensemble. Audiences will be blown away by adrenaline-packed stunts, traditional weaponry, incredible feats of human endurance, innovative video projections and stunning costumes.
For the classical music aficionado:
Vienna Boys Choir (March 15) – Comprised of 100 choristers from 30 different nations, the Vienna Boys Choir delivers 300 concerts to almost half a million people every year. Their repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music, but the choir is particularly known for their own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music, waltzes and polkas.
Canada Comes of Age (April 25) – This performance by Symphony New Brunswick features Camerata NB, New Brunswick-born contralto performer Heather Flemming and a guest appearance by Theatre New Brunswick.
Still not sure which performance to choose? Give the gift of live performance with a Fredericton Playhouse gift certificate! Shop online, in person, or by phone at 458-8344.